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USA vs. France: Time, Live Stream and TV Schedule

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2018

TOPSHOT - France's forward Antoine Griezmann (C) celebrates his goal with a teammetes  during the friendly football match between France and Italy at the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, southeastern France, on June 1, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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France should have ambitions of going all the way at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and they play their final warm-up match against the Unites States on Saturday in Lyon.

Les Bleus are on a creditable three-match winning streak following victories against Russia, the Republic of Ireland and Italy, and they will be eager to go into the World Cup on the back of another decent performance.

The U.S. will provide a stern test at the Groupama Stadium. The Stars and Stripes are a World Cup-quality side but endured a catastrophic qualifying process, meaning they will have to be content with merely watching the action from Russia.

               

Date: Saturday, June 9

Time: 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET

TV Info: ESPN (U.S.)

Live Stream: ESPN Player

          

FIFA ranks France as the seventh-best side in the world, but most bookmakers have them down as third or fourth favourites to win the World Cup, behind Brazil, Germany and, in many cases, Spain. OddsShark details that Les Bleus are 13-2 to triumph in Russia.

That is no surprise given they boast one of the most complete squads on the planet, with quality and depth in almost every position:

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The U.S. cannot boast anything like the kind of quality of their opponents on Saturday, and they go into the clash on the back of a 2-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

Interim USMNT manager Dave Sarachan has been fielding youthful sides in recent matches.

The U.S. XI that started against the Irish had just three players in it who were born before the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - JUNE 02: Bobby Wood of The United States celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the International Friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and The United States at Aviva Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.  (P
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If he decides to go with youth again on Saturday, it would be a huge and potentially valuable learning curve for the side.

Anything other than a comfortable France win would be a big shockThe hosts have quality throughout the side, from Hugo Lloris to Samuel Umtiti to N'Golo Kante to Antoine Griezmann. Head coach Didier Deschamps could well put out his strongest side as a dry run for their opening group game.

France kick off their World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16, and the fixture against the United States will surely only be used for minor tweaking rather than liberal experimentation. 

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